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28 August 2003, Issue 137

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1. WHAT'S UP: London for Free, Site News, Accommodation and Theatre Offers, Attractions
2. LONDON DIARY: A Pearl In Your Pocket
3. ENTERTAINMENT: Theatre, Music, Clubs, Cinema
4. HOTELS: London and Worldwide hotel deals
5. NEWS: Latest news from London
6. COMPETITION: "Seriously Chilled" CD Compie
7. TALKBACK: Cincinnati Hot Stuff is Secret of London's Sultry Summer

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1. WHAT'S UP - What's new on LondonNet

- "Seriously Chilled" CD Compie
We're giving away 3 copies of Club Classical's "Seriously Chilled" signed by Anne Dudley. All
you have to do is answer the question below by email.
- Scroll down for competition details.


- Birthday celebrations for London’s city guide site look to the future

LondonNet achieved a milestone this month, on the 23rd of August in fact, when the capital’s favourite tourist and entertainment website reached its seventh birthday.

Highlights of the last seven years include appearances by various big-headed staff members on national and international TV and radio stations, victories for our racehorse, Londonnetdotcom, tens of thousands of trips to London booked through the site and the day several ickle cute teddy bear bookmarks arrived as a freebie from a sheet-metal company.

But, let’s be honest – who really cares about the past? It’s the future that counts and luckily our business genius has left us with some under-the-mattress money to invest in the site. Changes readers will notice in the near future include a totally revamped bars and pubs section and a new restaurant sections with on-line booking throughout. The great thing is that with our audience figures showing consistent rises month-on-month, we know that over the next seven years, LondonNet will continue to expand and develop.
David Clee (mailto:[email protected])


- Our horse triumphs in the Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes at Bath

Our filly LondonNetDotCom notched up her first win of the season and her first Listed victory at Bath on Sunday 17 August...more see:




- Commodore (Moderate) UKP59 double rooms (save UKP86)
- Gore (Luxury, Hotel of the Year 2001) UKP129 double rooms (save UKP61)

Bed and Breakfast:
- Hyde from only UKP17 per person per night

- Generator from UKP9 per person per night

- Free updates of all available rooms or tenants in your area

Date: October 7th 2003, Royal Albert Hall, London
The big man of opera returns to London to play the Royal Albert Hall for what could be the final time before his rumoured retirement.For more info and to book tickets for Pavarotti, click below:

THEATRE: Special Deals
Tell Me on a Sunday: Best available tickets for only UKP22.50


- For the latest information and tickets for a wide range of London's premier attractions see our reqularly updated London Attractions page.
Top Sellers (15-28 August 03)
1) London Eye
2) Summer Opening of the Houses of Parliament Tour
3) Coronation Package: Royal Mews, Queen's Gallery & State Rooms
4) Madame Tussaud's/Planetarium
5) Tower Of London

Coronation Package: Royal Mews, Queen's Gallery & State Rooms



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- A Pearl In Your Pocket


‘O Oysters, come and walk with us! The Walrus did beseech’ – or so wrote
Lewis Carroll, back in the days when transport was ‘a walk along the briny
beach.’ For modern folk more interested in the bus, train or underground, an
oyster or two is nonetheless still in vogue.

An oyster card, that is. Old fashioned naturists like Steve Gough may
continue to walk in their birthday suit, but forward thinking Londonners are
beginning to feel naked without this contactless ticket somewhere about
their person.

For oyster sensitive readers are replacing slotted ticket gates. Even grumpy
commuters like me don’t mind a queue free journey, and it’s hard to fault a
card that can be read through a wallet. In a desperate bid to reclaim London
’s love, Ken Livingstone is even promising an oyster top up scheme that will
make it possible to pre pay for several journeys at a time.

But what have these masterful microchips in common with their fishy
namesakes? For one thing, they’re pretty dull to look at. For another, they’
re valuable indeed – particularly for those of us forever demagnetising
their travel card with their mobile phone.

Helena Thompson (mailto:[email protected])
- David Clee's Diary returns next issue





Every now and then, the West End welcomes an American hit worth staging.
Award winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has two Obies along with a
Pulitzer nomination to her name, and her latest play is no disappointment.
Building on the success of Venus and In The Blood, she revisits her
favourite theme of sibling rivalry.

The play boasts a wry sense of humour, but its wit is razor sharp. The tale
of brothers Lincoln and Booth turns a keen eye on the resentment families
can breed, and Mos Def's rendition of the sulky Booth lends pathos to the
plight of a boy jokingly named after Lincoln's assasin.

Despite the odd poetic induldgence and a production that seems to crave
melodrama, Parks' script retains an affectingly real sense of what
brotherhood is all about. Well suited to the Royal Court's intimate theatre,
Topdog/Underdog has certainly come up trumps.
(mailto:[email protected])

Up and Coming
Bea Arthur At The Savoy (opens 15/09/03)
Golden girl Bea Arthur struts her stuff.

Three Sisters
Another new version of the Chekhov classic.

THEATRE: Special Deals
Tell Me on a Sunday: Best available tickets for only UKP22.50

- Theatre Tickets
Top Sellers (15-28 August 03)
1) Phantom of the Opera
2) Mamma Mia!
3) The Lion King
4) Les Miserables
5) Bombay Dreams

- Theatre: A to Z of Shows
Our guide to all the leading musicals and dramas running or soon to open in
the West End. With quick links to previews, reviews and ticket pages.



Rock and Pop

- Fun Lovin' Criminals, London Astoria
Tue, 23rd September 2003, 7.00 PM , Tickets UKP17.50 + Fees
The funky beats of New York's finest lawbreakers are set to reverberate around UK shores as Fun Lovin' Criminals go on the run once more with some new material following the release of their 'best of...' package, Bag Full of Hits, last year.
Rock and Pop Tickets:

- Bob Dylan, Wembley Arena
Sat, 5th November 2003
More tickets just released

Gig Listings
Our list of forthcoming London gigs. Plan your gigging and book your tickets

Top Sellers (15-28 August 03)
1) Paul Weller
2) Super Furry Animals
3) Justin Timberlake
4) UB40
5) Fun Loving Criminals



- The Nutcracker
This year London sees two productions of the classic fairytale take place over the Christmas season. Matthew Bourne's interpretation will be showing at Sadlers Wells entitled Nutcracker! Meanwhile the English National Ballet will be performing a more traditional version of the classic at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith.

- Pavarotti Returns to London
Date: October 7th 2003 , Venue: Royal Albert Hall
The big man of opera returns to London to play the Royal Albert Hall for what could be the final time before his rumoured retirement. The much-loved tenor will be performing in October for one night only in what promises to be a memorable solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Top Sellers (15-28 August 03)
1. Pavarotti
2. Don Giovanni
3. Madame Butterfly
4. Last Night of the Kenwood Proms
5. The Nutcracker
- Tickets:



- Film Of The Week
Calendar Girls
(Odeon Leicester Square)
Comedy (2003) 108mins UK
Director: Nigel Cole
Starring: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie
When her husband dies from leukemia, Annie and best friend Chris hit upon a novel fund-raising idea: to pose naked for an alternative Women's Institute calendar. The other members of the local WI throw caution and their aprons to the wind to pose for the calendar, despite the disapproval of neighbours and the WI national assembly. When the media get hold of the story, the women are propelled into the spotlight.

- Other New Films This Week
Jeepers Creepers 2 (15)
Belleville Rendez-Vous (12a)
Cypher (15)
Emotional Backgammon (15)
Hollywood Homicide (12a)
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (U)
The Man Of The Year (O Homem Do Ano) (15)
Petites Coupures (Small Cuts) (15)

- Listings
A to Z of London Cinemas:
A to Z of Films showing in London this week:


Best way to soak up the sights of the city as you wine and dine
- Cruises on the Thames...



- Club Venues and Listings




Three of The Best
- Top three offers currently available to LondonNet readers:

The Ritz***** (Piccadilly)
- Style, sophistication and old-fashioned levels of genuine service come together at one of the world's legendary hotels. Great rates currently available.

The Gore**** (Knightsbridge)
- Doubles now from only UKP 129 incl. VAT.

The Hyde Hotel *** (Paddington)
- Comfortable three star hotel offering the best value ever on LondonNet:
Just 55UKP for a double room!

- London Hotel Chart
Top Sellers (15-28 August 03)
1) Commodore Hotel
2) La Reserve
3) Chesterfield


Best Value Accommodation for 2003:

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New additions and highlights from our sister site


5. NEWS: Latest news from London

Two Towers Clamp Down
- Film distributors launch investigation
Russ Abbot On Stage
- West End welcomes TV star



- "Seriously Chilled" CD Compie

Following the Club Classical event hosted at Brixton Academy earlier this
year, the BBC have released "Seriously Chilled". The CD includes live
numbers from the evening's programme, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra
and conducted by Anne Dudley. The familiar sounds of Groove Armada, Moby and
Ennio Morricone have been arranged for full orchestra and given a classical
feel. Anne Dudley has conducted each Club Classical event as well as
arranging the scores for the BBC Concert Orchestra. She has also signed the
CD's in our giveaway!

We're giving away 3 copies of "Seriously Chilled" signed by Anne Dudley. All
you have to do is answer the question below by email.


Question: Which track got the best reception of the night at the Brixton Academy Club Classical event?
Tip: Read our Club Classical page:

HOW TO ENTER: All you have to do to enter is send an email with the correct answer and subject header "Brixton Academy Club Classical Compie" to:
mailto:[email protected]

NB Include email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be used for this compie-guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't send you info about the prize!

RULES and INFO: First answers out of the Editor's hat win the prizes,
details will be sent to the winners. The Editor's decision is final.
Closing Date: 5 September 2003


LondonNet Competitions Page
- Details of some of the best free competition sites on the web. Register
today for your chance to win cash, cars and lots, lots more.


Issue 136, 14 August 2003
Kensington Palace Competition:
Question: Name the famous architect who adapted Kensington Palace for royal residence?
Answer: Sir Christopher Wren
Prize: Two pairs of tickets to Kensington Palace
Winners: Graeme Macmillan (MIddx TW11), Jane Harris (London SE10)


7. AHOY! TALKBACK: Readers say their piece

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- We welcome your views on any subject, questions about your visit and of
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Dear Peter Clee - LondonNet,

I am an American and have been receiving your newsletter for some time now.
I just had to comment on your "hot weather" item. I do believe that perhaps
our weather was mistakenly sent to the UK by mistake. You see, while you
were baking in the sun over there, we were enjoying milder than usual
weather in the Midwest where I reside. I was wondering where the sweltering
heat and humidity had disappeared to but the mystery has been solved. Thank
you for clearing that up for me!!!

Anytime you would like more of that hot stuff, please feel free to contact
me and I will see if our local meteorologists can make an exchange with
yours, ok? I'm sure the citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio will not protest much.
In fact, I believe that we can even send some of our winter weather to you,
too, if that would be all right with you. You see, we are sick of the snow
and ice and cannot find any takers for that either.

Best regards,


REPLY: In truth Tammy I'm a creature of moderate climate. To keep a smile on my face the mercury needs to hover 10 or so degrees either side of 66F (19C). If push comes to shove I'll settle for the snow over sahara heat though.

Anyways, enjoy the mild summer - and if you want to send that one over here next year I'll not complain. Just leave the ice and snow for now, okay. (Ed)



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